Fellow of the Year

Pictured Above) Infectious Diseases Fellow Graduate, Dr. Ryan Gallaher, after receiving the 2014 Fellow of the Year Award!

Welcome to the Infectious Diseases (ID) fellowship for the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Established in 1979, our fellowship program has trained over 30 Infectious Diseases physicians. Former fellows have pursued a wide variety of career paths including private practice, academic medicine, industry, and even humanitarian service with an international aid organization. We take great pride in providing a solid clinical and educational foundation that prepares fellows to be outstanding Infectious Disease clinicians ready for autonomous practice. The mission of our division has expanded in recent years to include the development of a greater research footprint. In addition, the fellowship has similarly evolved with the goal of providing enhanced clinical and basic science research and numerous elective opportunities for our fellows.

Our ID Fellowship is a two-year program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Individuals who have successfully completed, or are in line to complete, a three-year residency in Internal Medicine are eligible to apply. While we traditionally only trained one fellow a year, we have received approval from the ACGME to increase our fellow complement to two fellows per year, and in 2017 we welcomed two first year fellows! Applications to the ID Fellowship Training Program are accepted through the ERAS website. Applications open in July. Interviews will be offered to selected candidates.

Core clinical rotations provide comprehensive training experience in all major aspects of clinical infectious diseases. Augusta University Health and the adjacent Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center are the primary locations for clinical training. Fellows will spend at least 12 months of their fellowship providing inpatient consultations for a wide variety of conditions in a broad spectrum of patients, including hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients, renal transplant patients, people afflicted with advanced AIDS, and the critically ill requiring intensive care. As a tertiary referral hospital and level 1 trauma center, the diversity of pathology seen at Augusta University Health is phenomenal! Additionally, as Augusta University is the training site for a large medical school and over 40 different residency programs, fellows have the opportunity to gain experience teaching, supervising, and mentoring medical students and residents.

Fellows have an outpatient clinic experience at both training sites. The primary focus of the clinics is to provide continuity care for people living with HIV, Hepatitis B and C, in addition to providing outpatient consultation for a variety of infections and follow up for patients seen on the ID inpatient consult service. Fellows also benefit from hands-on experience in managing outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy and working within a multi-disciplinary team that includes nurses, a physician assistant, a pharmacist, clinical psychologist, and patient educator.

In addition to patient-care directed learning at the bedside, fellows receive education through a formal didactic lecture series, a weekly ID Grand Rounds, Journal Club, a monthly departmental research conference, a clinical Microbiology rotation, a short course in biostatistics, and scheduled board review sessions.

Fellows are expected to participate in research during their two years of training. There are a multitude of research opportunities in the division, ranging from involvement in ongoing clinical trials to various bench research projects. Moreover, there is time built into the schedule to help facilitate the conduct of research and fellows are encouraged to establish a research mentor early in their tenure. Each fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in other clinical electives such as wound care, antibiotic stewardship, hospital epidemiology, an international rotation, or other customizable electives designed to suit their interest and career goals. The size of the program creates an environment well-suited to allowing motivated individuals to identify and work towards a broad Infectious Disease career.

Fellows are ultimately expected to be proficient in the following six areas of competency as set forth by the ACGME: patient care' medical knowledge; practice based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and system based practice. All ID Fellows are continuously evaluated by the attending physician after each rotation and semi-annually by the Clinical Competency Committee, a group of core clinical faculty who assesses the fellow's progress according to Milestones established by the ACGME.

Our faculty consists of a group of highly motivated, dedicated, and skilled clinicians, educators, and researchers committed to training the next generation of exceptional Infectious Diseases physicians. Furthermore, the size of the fellowship program fosters the establishment of strong and long-lasting mentoring relationships with each of our faculty. Our clinical practice is very robust and our research programs are flourishing. We are poised to provide you with a training environment that will equip you with a solid knowledge base and provide you with a broad clinical experience while allowing you to explore interests and potentially develop a specific area of expertise.

For further information, please explore the ID Division's website. In addition, review the links on this page for more information about what is currently going on in our Division, the fellowship's Policies and Procedures, and other pertinent details. We encourage you to please email or call with any questions. We hope you will consider our Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program for the next step in your path to becoming an outstanding Infectious Diseases specialist.

For more information, please contact:
Melanie Johnson
Program Coordinator
mejohnson4@augusta.edu

706-721-1244

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Program Director
 706-721-1244
achao@augusta.edu  

 

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